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Collection of Scores, notation and transcription
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We are addicted to the rhythms of the drums. Since we came in touch with our first Djembe we enjoy to learn and practice african rhythms. Above all we are facinated and attraced by rhythms from West Africa which are played on the drums called Djembe (Jembe) and three different sized bassdrums called Dunun. The large sized and lowest is called Dununba (Doundounba), the middle sized is called Sangban (Sangba) and the smallest and highest is called Kenkeni. We have collected a lot of rhythms played on these drums and we like to share these on our website with you.

Beside some own notation of rhythmen, I collected many links of rhythms located on other websites, as well other resources. All rhythms are for free download. Our own notations are mainly in pdf file and/or in the PercussionStudio file. For direct download click right to your mouse and choose save file.

Expression in west african music

In the notations you will find some of the following stylistic elements of expression which are used in west african music:
  • Bloquage:
    Signal which marks the start or end of a piece of music.
  • Echauffement:
    Phrase used for more or less acceleratation and enhancement of volume which marks the near end of a piece of music or a section.
  • Breaks:
    Rhythmic breaks of the basic rhythm
  • Djembe Solos:
    Solo parts which are mostly played by the highest pitched Djembe. The traditional solos are corresponding with specific movements in dancing. Mamady Keita called this solo parts Solo Original.

Software

  • You should be able to read an print the pdf files with the free Adobe Acrobat Reader. If you don´t have it allready you can get it on this link.
    Adobe Acrobat Reader
  • You can play the files for the PercussionStudio with the PercussionStudio software. I like this for practicing new rhythms. You can download the PercussionStudio software from the link below.
    PercussionStudio

Download Notation

There are many diffrent way how to notate an african Djembe and Dunun rhythm as score.
I prefer writing the notes in a system of notation. But mostly you find in online resources notations based on ASCII code.


Notation
PDF file Last modification:  11 Jun 2004 07:42:32
How I formerly notate Djembe and Dunun
URL of file Please e-mail me in case of wrong link!
ASCII notation from the WAP webside

PDF file Last modification:  23 Apr 2006 17:18:46
Our favorite handwriting notation for Djembe und Basstrommel


Notation in the PercussionStudio software

125 Rhythms
Abondan
Adjos
Ambiance
Badogialli (Bando Djei)
Baga
Bagarre
Balakulanya (Balakulandjan, Bala Kulandian, Bala Kulandyan, Söli lent)
Balan Sonde
Bambafoli
Baö
Bete (Bété)
Bolokonondo (Bolo Könöndö)
Bolonba
Bolon
Bozo
Dalah (Dallah)
Dalfo
Damba
Demosoni Kelen
Denadon (Dennadon)
Diaka (Djaka, Dja Ka)
Diansa (Djansa, Dansa, Danza)
Dibon II
Dioula Don
Disco Ritmique
Djaa Kouroussa (Djaa Kurussa, Djaa 2)
Djaa Siguiri (Djaa 1)
Djabara (Yabarra)
Djagbe
Djagbewara
Djambadon
Djelidon (Djeli Don, Lamba, Sanja, Sandia)
Djenabadeni Fato
Djole (Jole)
Donaba
Dunungbe (Dunumbe, Dunumgbe)
Fakaba
Fanga
Fankani
Fé (Fe)
Forgeron
Foro Binge
Fulafare
Garankedon (Garangedon)
Gbewgbew
Gidamba (Guidamba, Somba Koro)
Grenghefoli
Griot
Jumbo
Kadan
Kakidrame
Kakilambe
Kanin
Kassa
Kassa Djibo
Kassa Soro
Kassani Soro
Kawa
Kebendo
Kemoba
Kennefoli
Könö
Konden I
Konden II
Konkoba I
Konkoba Dundun
Kononari (Könönari)
Konoule (Conoule)
Konowoulen I (Könöwoulen I, Konowulen I)
Konowoulen II (Könöwoulen II, Konowulen II)
Kontemuru
Koreduga (Komodenu, Kotedjuga, Kotejuga)
Kuku (Koukou, Cucu, Coucou)
Kurabadon
Lafe (Kuribi)
Lambe
Lengjen
Liberte I
Liberte II
Lolo
Maane
Macru (Makru, Makuru)
Mamaya
Marakadon
Mendiani (Mandiani)
Menie
Molekani Djou Jee (Molekanimani Djou Jee)
Moribayassa
Namani
Nantalomba
N´ Goron
Noumou
P´ran P´ran (Pran Pran)
Saa
Senefoli (Senefoly)
Sika
Sinte
Sirankuruni
Siwe (Konya)
Soboninkun
Sofa (Limbadji toko, Limbadje Toko)
Sofani
Soko (Sökö)
Soli de Manian (Söli de Manian)
Soli-lent
Soli-rapide (Söli-rapide, Suku)
Soliwoulen
Sorofoly (Sorofoli)
Sorsornet (Sornet)
Sunun (Sunu, Sounou)
Taama
Také (Take)
Takonani
Timini (Timiny)
Tiriba
Toro
Warba (Waraba)
Wassolonka (Bubuninca)
Woima
Wolosodon
Yagwa
Yankadi binary
Yankadi ternary
Yogui (Yongui)
Yoki


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